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What Would Erma Do? Confessions of a First-Time Humor Columnist by [Carline, Gayle]
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I've known Gayle Carline for several years. In this book she shows her strengths as a humorist commenting on the world we all live in. I strongly recommend you read this book, and enjoy it as I have.
--Gordon Kirkland, Smashwords

From the Author

I laughed out loud when I read this book - oh, wait, I'm the author. Well, I laughed out loud while I was writing it, although I wasn't always laughing when the events I wrote about were happening!

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  • File Size: 492 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: February 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LX0D04
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #731,313 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Vallyn on May 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
I absolutely loved this book. It started with me laughing out loud at "...unless you count my Christmas letter of 1995. I have to admit, it was a killer." and continued through out the whole book. I love reading the columns and now I can't help but wonder if someone has changed any of the title or left out the good part of columns that I have read. Nothing like reading a humor columnist columns and laughing. Great fast read!
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A cute collection of the best of Ms. Carline's weekly column combined with the background story (as she remembers it!). The story of Marcus and only one pair of underwear was priceless! Oh, why did she even ask?? There are some things a mom just doesn't want to know!!

Personal favorites: Adventures with SlugBoy; Stupidity for Dummies! and Canine Leakage.

Her rendition of Jingle Bells also begged to be sung aloud.

Oh, and Gayle, your friend from the grocery store...she moved here. I met her while in line near the fish counter.

*This book was provided free through the Goodreads First Reads program with the expectation of an honest review. My opinions are my own. Crossposted
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This book is full of down to earth, real life occurrences, made easier to manage. It shows a lighter side to everyday life. I especially enjoyed the story about, "Mens Laws." I can really relate to that on a daily basis. "Mothers Day," put a smile on my face, oh if only that millionaire could work magic! I truly enjoyed reading this straight from, 'The Days of Our Lives,' concept. It put a smile on my face from ear to ear, and I laughed all the way through it. I highly recommend it for anyone thinking life is caving in on you. It will put a smile back on your face too, I'll bet.

Rhonda
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This is a story about Gayle's first two years in the humor columnist biz. You can see the change in her work as time goes along. As her experience and confidence grew, so did her funny bone. The beginning of the book dealt with how exactly she came about landing the column, then began offering up actual columns that had been printed. I was kinda disappointed in the beginning because she started out just okay - cute columns but nothing to write home about. Gayle begins to be recognized by readers through letters and in everyday life & I think this is where she begins to thrive. Not only had she a little experience under her belt, but she now had the ability to write to a FACE - it's different when you really know your audience!

I can tell which reviewers did not hang in and finish the book. Those who state that Gayle wasn't working even within the shadow of ole Erma, that she had no talent or humor - I KNOW did not make it through the whole book. As time moves on, her writing becomes more polished, more REAL & I certainly think she could run neck and neck with Erma. She is FUNNY! I was reading aloud to my husband who got a kick out of her writing too.

I started to feel like I 'got to know her' in a way. As she reveals more and more of her flaws, this is where she steals my heart. It's great not to be alone in imperfection!! Plus, in one teeny tiny moment of her book she shows us her family photo, revealing that she is a white woman married to a not-white man - but argues that this is NOT an issue in their lives and she refuses to discuss it. I LOVED that! Just shows this is a lady with an awesome attitude & it was then that I knew that not only did I like her writing, but I also liked her as a person. I've already downloaded two more of her titles and look forward to reading them. I'll let you know what I think...

Minus one star for a rocky start, but the second half is definitely a five star read! FUN!
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This author compared herself to Erma Bombeck. That was a mistake. Some of her book was humorous but not at the level of Erma Bombeck. If you want to read laugh out loud books then go for the genuine Erma Bombeck titles.
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Collection of short columns that appeared in the author's local paper, along with commentary.

Carline is nowhere near as funny as Erma Bombeck. Not even in the same universe. The most her columns produced was a rare, mild smile. Her "commentary" was closer to braggadocio than fact, and not even as interesting as the columns. I actually paid money for this, deluded by the reference to the hysterically funny Bombeck. It's not awful, but don't make the same mistake I did. Spelling, grammar, and Kindle formatting were all acceptable.
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I bought this book because of the reference to Erma Bombeck, probably my favourite author (every once in a while I re-read Erma's when you look like your passport photo... and it still makes me laugh, EVERY single time)
For WWED, the first year columns were maybe a bit more shy, lacking a bit of assurance and rythm, but the second year are real treats, loved everyone of them. The Placentia newspaper editor should have left her titles as they were far more amusing and they apply better to the contents of the column, Im glad she added them to the book. I also loved the little comments she made here and there that were not part of the columns but helped us getting a whole idea of her life.
All in all, a good funny read.
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I enjoyed this book quite a bit--highly recommend it for those who like reading humorous short pieces. A good book to keep going back to for those of us who only have short times for reading each day...But it's pretty easy to keep reading though!
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